pole·​star | \ ˈpōl-ˌstär How to pronounce polestar (audio) \

Definition of polestar

2a : a directing principle : guide
b : a center of attraction

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Examples of polestar in a Sentence

under the polestar of progress, urban renewal programs gutted the historic districts of many cities
Recent Examples on the Web Time is told by the rising up and rolling down of the sunlight on the cliffs, by the glimpse of Cassiopeia in the narrows turning around the polestar through the stardust of perfect clear September nights. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 This lush, rangy pocket of the country is finally being recognized as a culinary polestar, with chefs such Ms. Cooper, Tennessee’s Sean Brock and Virginia’s Travis Milton championing of Appalachian foodways to national acclaim. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 The Crying of Lot 49 as polestars—but that doesn’t really capture the affecting humanity of the five episodes that have aired (episode six airs on September 10). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Lodge 49 Is the Best TV Show You’re Not Watching," 7 Sep. 2018 Copenhagen today is a city transformed, a polestar across creative fields from art to architecture, design to dining. New York Times, "36 Hours in Copenhagen," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of polestar

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Polestar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polestar. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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to insert between existing elements

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